10k Blog Giveaway + SALES this weekend!

Thursday, May 23, 2019




Yep, you read correctly: I hit 10,00 views on my blog this week!  I'm grateful to everyone who has ever stopped by to read posts, comment, or anything - and to express my appreciation, I have a giveaway for you guys to enter!
CJ's Crafts Shop (owned by my mother) so graciously offered to make a quilted book sleeve for this giveaway (as well as another giveaway in a few weeks, so keep your eyes peeled if you don't win this one!) If you'd like to enter, you can do so below.  I've also included a picture of the book sleeve (note, though, that you'll only receive one of these for this giveaway).  They are lined with yellow dragonfly print.  They'll fit most average-sized novels, and they're great for protecting your current read so the cover doesn't get bent.  Check out the giveaway below and make sure to enter!  


This giveaway ends on May 30th, so enter soon!
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ALSO, since Memorial Day is this weekend, I'm having a sale on my books!


All of my Kindle books will be free starting Saturday and ending Monday night.  Snag some summer reads while you can!  I am also running an Etsy sale for 20% off all of my signed books as well as my new spiral-bound journals with the code MEMORIAL2019, which will run from May 27th-29th.  If you've had your eyes on anything, make sure to order it while the sale's running!  Click HERE to go to my Etsy shop!

Do you have any Memorial Day plans?  I hope you have fun, safe weekends, and make sure to stop and remember the reason why we celebrate - because of the sacrifices of others who protected our country. 

What I've Been Up To + Launch, Anyone??

Monday, May 20, 2019


Hey everyone!  You might've noticed that I haven't written anything about my books or life lately (or maybe not; no grudges held).  I've been largely absent because of college.  I finally graduated with a B.A. in English earlier this month, which was cool.  This was the first graduation ceremony I've participated in, because even though I could have gone to my cyber school's graduation, I didn't want to -- so I didn't.  I think my exact words were "education made compulsory by the government isn't worth celebrating" so I did the college commencement ceremony instead.  It's kind of weird because all of the things I should've done for my high school graduation I skipped and saved for my college graduation -- walking in commencement, doing a grad party, etc - but hey.  I'm a pretty upside-down-and-backwards person. 

For now I'm in this buffer zone where I'm incredibly busy catching up on things I let slide while writing a 20 page seminar on sensibility in Sense And Sensibility versus The Corinthian.  Oof.  Now I want to write some Regency romance. 



I'm also hoping to get Guide Me Home published this summer.  I need to get crackin' on the draft, but I'm determined to get it out of my head and onto paper.  I'm really excited about this one; an ending imagined before the first book was even done.  That being said, I'll be on the lookout for beta readers to nitpick this baby once it's done, so keep your eyes peeled for a signup form! 

That isn't the launch I'm excited about right now, though. 


I've mentioned my own business a couple of times this year, but the time has finally come.  That little "SERVICES" link at the top of the page?  Click that.  Or HERE.  I am now open for business!!! I'm so pumped for this journey, and while I'm still ironing out the deets for some awesome giveaways/a bash for the official launch of my business, all I can say is...keep your eyes peeled!

AND

I've almost reached 10,000 views on this blog!!  *flailing arms* Can you believe it?  I can't.  So to the folks crazy enough to come back to read my stuff not once, or twice, but enough to rack up 10k views: you are awesome and I love you 3000.  I'll be planning some sort of 10k celebration as well, which I'm hoping will coincide with my Memorial Day sales (which will be posted sometime this week).  So...can we get 169 views by next Monday?!

What are you up to?  Any fun plans for the summer?  Do you like Regency fiction?  I'm legitimately curious about writing Regency fic...


CHARACTER INTERVIEW: Kellyn Roth's Adele!

Sunday, May 5, 2019


Hey everyone!  Today I have a super exciting post for you guys-- an interview with Adele, one of Kellyn Roth's characters in her new novel, Souls Astray!  This is a fantastic novel and I highly recommend it.  



1) This book follows a lot of major events in your life.  Is there anything you want readers to know about you before they read the book? 

I was not always as amazingly faultless as I am not. *coughs* Okay, I made some mistakes - but I learned from them ... sometimes. So I suppose I'd like you to think a bit and decide whether to cast the first stone? Yes, Biblical reference and all, I'll stick with that. I know I've messed up, but I also know, well, so did you. Really. You did.

2) Who is one character that supported you most on your journey through Souls Astray?

Definitely my best friend, Millie! Millie is amazing. She's always, always been for me. She's a true friend. Even when she doesn't support my decisions, she's there - supporting ME and reminding me that I could be better. I love the dear, and I hope she finds happiness.

3) Is there an event in particular that you are proud of, or one that you regret?

I'm proud of having gotten that flower shop going - it rather realized my dream. Before that, I was very proud of being a good saleswoman!

I don't want to talk about what I regret.

4) What's one thing you hope readers can gain from your experiences?

I hope they'll learn not to hold onto things - to not hold grudges, to not hold onto pain. And I hope that, perhaps, they'll not make the mistakes I did.


I had the privilege of being an alpha reader for the book, so I just wanted to add a quick note.  I absolutely loved this book and can only imagine how great the final version is.  It's very timely and deals with quite a few issues that, I think, are important to remember.  I can't wait to read this series in its entirety.  

ABOUT THE BOOK 


Adele has been lost for a long time now ...

Adele Collier has sought a carefree lifestyle ever since her tragic childhood. Determined to never allow anyone or anything to control her life or emotions again, she consistently seeks distraction in gaiety. But shaking her ghosts isn’t as easy as she’d like.

Troy Kee has been alone in the world since the Great War took his parents and left him in care of his younger sister. When she marries, he’s left to seek after his goal of a healthy, complete family. But how can he focus on his dream when trouble plagues his family vineyard?

When Adele and Troy meet, a whirlwind romance begins—but can two lost souls have a healthy relationship?


This book just released on May 4th, so make sure to grab a copy on Amazon, or shelf it on Goodreads!


About the Author


Kellyn Roth is a Christian & historical author from North-Eastern Oregon. Kell is a ranch girl, homeschool graduate, proud sister of four, proud auntie of five, and owner of two goofy border collies, two presumptuous cats, and a very active betta fish. Check out her website, kellynrothauthor.com, for more info.



Facebook Party

Make sure to join the Facebook party for a lot of fun events!! It's happening May 8th (10:00-3:00 PST) but make sure to check it out through the week. Minor giveaways, excerpts, links, and more will be posted throughout the week.


And of course, you'll want to check out the giveaway! 

Giveaway

Enter the giveaway to win a signed paperback copy of Souls Astray and a $20 Amazon gift card. Open to international entries.


This giveaway will close for entries on the 11th of May. Don't forget to enter!

Make sure to check out the rest of the blog tour posts -- lots of fantastic posts heading your way! Take a look at Kellyn Roth's blog HERE for updates on the tour.

BOOK SPOTLIGHT: Faith Alone by Ruth Meyer!!

Thursday, April 25, 2019

 Hey everyone!  I have another great book spotlight for you guys this week, this time for Ruth Meyer's Faith Alone!  This book sounds like a fantastic, timely novel, and I can't wait to snag a copy.


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Grace Neunaber has finally found happiness. After struggling for years as a single mother of four, she’s thrilled about her newfound faith and her marriage to a strong Christian man. But as David is added to their family of five, her enthusiasm is quickly dampened by her older children’s open hostility and resentment toward their new father.

For Grace’s daughter, Faith, having a principal for a step-dad is only one of the downsides. Her parents are nosy, restrictive, and most of all embarrassing. But Faith’s issues with her parents are quickly shoved aside when she’s faced with a decision that will change the course of her future.

Each member of the Neunaber family will have to rely on their faith in God if their strained relationships are going to knit them closer together instead of tear their family apart.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR




Ruth Meyer graduated from Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with a degree in church music and no plans whatsoever to become an author.

But a student of the week project for her son inspired Our Faith from A to Z, a children's picture book. After that, it was only a matter of time before she tried her hand at fiction.

As both the daughter of and the wife of a pastor, Ruth has moved around a lot, and her experiences provide many ideas for her writing. Currently, she resides in rural Texas with her husband, their five children, and two dogs.

It is her hope that through her writing, readers are assured of God's grace through His Son, Jesus.

Check out her author website HERE.


There are a lot of great posts in this blog tour, so make sure to check out the full schedule, plus a mini review, on Kellyn Roth's website HERE

BOOK SPOTLIGHT: This Cursed Flame by Selina Eckert

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

 Hey everyone!  Today we have part two of my posts for Selina Eckert's This Cursed Flame blog tour!  Make sure to check out her blog post HERE for the tour schedule!

First off, take a look at this cover!  Doesn't it look awesome?  Read on for the even-more-awesome blurb!


BLURB
Sometimes we put ourselves in the bottle...

Six years ago, Janan was transformed into a genie by an evil djinn, ripping her away from her home, her life, and her humanity. She has been on the run from him ever since. Worlds away, high school honors student Laurelin just wants to get into the chemistry program of her dreams.

When Laurelin discovers a crystal bottle that sucks her into the djinn realm, the girls find themselves working together to escape Janan's creator and get Laurelin back home. But war is brewing in the djinn realm-a rebellion led by the same evil djinn they've been trying to escape. And he is determined to rule both the djinn and the human realms. As his creation, Janan is the one person standing in his way. 

But to stop him, Janan must learn to overcome the fears he instilled in her and embrace her own dark magic while Laurelin must accept that some things are more important than an A+. Now, they will have to trust each other, and themselves, to stop the encroaching evil. Otherwise, both the human and djinn realms will fall to the tide of death and dark magic this war will unleash.


Make sure to preorder  This Cursed Flame from Amazon HERE.  You can check out other retailers HERE, and shelf it on Goodreads HERE!  Mark your calendars for the April 27th release!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 Selina is a biologist-by-day, writer-by-night native of Pennsylvania. She lives with her husband, dog, and two cats and spends her time writing, reading, creating art, and dreaming about fictional worlds. Besides writing and sciencing, Selina also runs an author support business, Paper Cranes, LLC, that provides editing, consulting, and mapmaking services to authors, writers, and students. She has written two fairy-tale retelling short stories that were both finalists in Rooglewood Press short story contests and an exclusive fantasy short story, “Queen of Mist and Fog,” available through her newsletter. This Cursed Flame is her first novel. Selina can be found online on TwitterTumblrFacebook, her blog, and through her email newsletter.
   


Don't forget that there's a Facebook party of games and giveaways on the 27th to attend - join the party HERE!

In case you missed Monday's post, which was an interview with Selina Eckert, make sure to check it out HERE!

AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Selina Eckert!

Monday, April 22, 2019


Hey everyone - I hope you all had a wonderful Easter Sunday! 

Today's post is for a blog tour: an author interview with Selina Eckert, the author of the upcoming release This Cursed Flame.  Make sure to check out her blog post HERE for the blog tour's schedule, and stay tuned right here for a book spotlight for This Cursed Flame on the 24th! But without further ado, here's the interview!



About the Author 
 Selina is a biologist-by-day, writer-by-night native of Pennsylvania. She lives with her husband, dog, and two cats and spends her time writing, reading, creating art, and dreaming about fictional worlds. Besides writing and sciencing, Selina also runs an author support business, Paper Cranes, LLC, that provides editing, consulting, and mapmaking services to authors, writers, and students. She has written two fairy-tale retelling short stories that were both finalists in Rooglewood Press short story contests and an exclusive fantasy short story, “Queen of Mist and Fog,” available through her newsletter. This Cursed Flame is her first novel. Selina can be found online on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, her blog, and through her email newsletter.


1)  What was your inspiration for writing This Cursed Flame?
I first had the idea for this story in 2011. I have been a classic sitcom fan for years, since I was in middle school, maybe even earlier, and I was thinking about I Dream of Jeannie. I had always loved that one, despite its flaws, partly because the human characters are astronauts and partly because I loved Jeannie and the magic and the mythology. It might have been my first foray into a version of contemporary fantasy, which is a genre I adore. But I especially loved Jeannie, and I started thinking about how cool it could be to tell a story from the perspective of a genie. To really give her a voice, to give her a chance to tell her story, rather than revolving around Tony and trying to keep Jeannie a secret from his life. So I started thinking about it, and the first (very different) iteration of the story was born. It's gone through tons of changes since then and really became its own thing, but it still has the I Dream of Jeannie bottle. Plus two sitcom-loving main characters!

2)  In the blurb, you mention one of the characters wanting to be accepted into a chemistry program.  Were you able to weave your own background with the sciences into your book?
Absolutely! I loved science classes in high school and participated in some extracurricular programs, but I really wanted to reflect bits of my own journey through grad school, as well as giving high school (and younger) girls a chance to see science dreams are possible for them. Grad school put me through a lot of the same questions and personal crises of identity that Laurelin faces in the book, and ultimately, I learned who I was as a person and a scientist. In the same way, Laurelin learns more about herself, what she really wants, and the lies she tells herself about her value. And we all tell ourselves lies about what we need to be successful. But eventually we learn from it and become stronger for the troubles we face.  

3)   Is there a certain scene that you especially enjoyed writing, and why - an intense scene, a plot twist, or maybe a scene that surprised you?
I really enjoyed some of the newer scenes I added during the last draft, particularly the ones where Laurelin and Janan start to really talk and know each other. I think there aren't enough solid female friendships in fiction, so I loved creating this relationship from the ground up. But I think my favorite was Safiyya, Janan's shapeshifting djinn friend stuck in an ocelot form, finally telling her story. It was a piece of the story that had been missing for so long, and to see it come into play in such a meaningful way warmed my author's heart! But I can't say more without spoiling it. ;)

 4)  What age range do you think will most enjoy your book?

This book is written for teens, but I really think anyone from middle school on up would enjoy it. It has a story all its own and themes that most people can relate to, regardless of age.

 5)  What's one thing that you hope readers can gain from reading This Cursed Flame?  
  If nothing else, I hope readers will see the importance of accepting who we are and the circumstances we get stuck in, and especially that these things don't define us. We can rise to the situation, take control, and use the hand we're dealt to influence the world in positive ways. In fact, tSometimes we put ourselves in the bottle... Six years ago, Janan was transformed into a genie by an evil djinn, ripping her away from her home, her life, and her humanity. She has been on the run from him ever since. Worlds away, high school honors student Laurelin just wants to get into the chemistry program of her dreams. When Laurelin discovers a crystal bottle that sucks her into the djinn realm, the girls find themselves working together to escape Janan's creator and get Laurelin back home. But war is brewing in the djinn realm-a rebellion led by the same evil djinn they've been trying to escape. And he is determined to rule both the djinn and the human realms. As his creation, Janan is the one person standing in his way. But to stop him, Janan must learn to overcome the fears he instilled in her and embrace her own dark magic while Laurelin must accept that some things are more important than an A+. Now, they will have to trust each other, and themselves, to stop the encroaching evil. Otherwise, both the human and djinn realms will fall to the tide of death and dark magic this war will unleash. he tagline says it pretty well: "Sometimes we put ourselves in the bottle." For years, Janan has limited her own ability to do great things by her own fears and lack of acceptance, just like Laurelin limits herself based on subjective scales of success. But when we take control of these things, when we accept the hard truths and are ready to move forward, we can do such great things!

This Cursed Flame blurb:
 
Sometimes we put ourselves in the bottle...

Six years ago, Janan was transformed into a genie by an evil djinn, ripping her away from her home, her life, and her humanity. She has been on the run from him ever since. Worlds away, high school honors student Laurelin just wants to get into the chemistry program of her dreams.

When Laurelin discovers a crystal bottle that sucks her into the djinn realm, the girls find themselves working together to escape Janan's creator and get Laurelin back home. But war is brewing in the djinn realm-a rebellion led by the same evil djinn they've been trying to escape. And he is determined to rule both the djinn and the human realms. As his creation, Janan is the one person standing in his way. 

But to stop him, Janan must learn to overcome the fears he instilled in her and embrace her own dark magic while Laurelin must accept that some things are more important than an A+. Now, they will have to trust each other, and themselves, to stop the encroaching evil. Otherwise, both the human and djinn realms will fall to the tide of death and dark magic this war will unleash.


Make sure to preorder  This Cursed Flame from Amazon HERE.  You can check out other retailers HERE, and shelf it on Goodreads HERE!

Join the Facebook party on April 27th HERE - games and giveaways are super fun, right?!

NEW RELEASE: Healer's Bane by Hope Ann!

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Another awesome book by author Hope Ann -and- it's available in paperback too: Healer's Bane!  It's already the #1 new release for Christian Fantasy on Amazon, so if that isn't a sign to go check it out, I don't know what is! 



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Kynet never planned to be at the forefront of the rebellion. That was her brother’s hobby: rallying the people. Plotting against the leaders. Running into dangers she’d have to negotiate him out of. That was before the Poisoner tried to kill her.

Left with strange powers in the aftermath of his attack, Kynet is even more convinced the rebellion isn’t worth it. For every life her healing saves, ten more are wasted. 

But her quest to stop the carnage before war breaks out will bring her face to face with the man who tried to murder her... and with her own helplessness against a grim reality she may not be able to change.

 Order HERE: https://authorhopeann.com/books/healers-bane/
Add it on Goodreads HERE: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43837257-healer-s-bane

COVER REVEAL: The Torch Keepers by Hosanna Emily!

Thursday, March 28, 2019



Hey everyone!  I have a super-awesome blog post for you today as part of the cover reveal for Hosanna Emily's upcoming book, The Torch Keepers!  With a title like that, you know it's going to be epic.  Without further ado, here's what you need to know:

SYNOPSIS

The King's blue flame quivers as a new fire arises, and Kadira must hold fast to the torch. It's destiny; she's a torch keeper.

 A fiery revolution sweeps across the kingdom of Érkeos, and each person must choose a side. Kadira, a girl set apart to serve the King, finds her city engulfed in emerald flames. Her blue eyes mark her as the enemy, and she flees from death. It stalks her anyway. When she meets Rekém, the Liberation warrior sent to kill her, she rebels against the King's ways. Two armies collide; indecision isn't an option. As hearts and lives hang in the balance, Kadira and Rekém could bring destruction or liberation to the entire kingdom.


And now....*drumroll*
Doesn't that look cool?!

You'll want to mark your calendars for September 1st, 2019, which is when this novel is releasing!

To keep up with more information about The Torch Keepers, make sure to follow Hosanna Emily on her blog, Having a Heart Like His.

If you're looking for something exciting while you wait, make sure to enter Hosanna's giveaway here:

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Are you looking forward to The Torch Keepers arriving later this year?  Did you enter the giveaway? 

Guide Me Home: A Playlist

Wednesday, March 27, 2019


Hey everyone!  Just a quick post today.  As always, I want to share my playlist for Guide Me Home, since the music itself often motivates me to recall what I want to write/what moods, themes, etc.  

Without further ado...some good tunes!  (And links to said tunes on YouTube)

1.  If It's Amazing Grace (Stars Go Dim)
2.  Love That Won't Let Go (Stars Go Dim)
3.  Times (Tenth Avenue North)
4.  Hearts Safe (A Better Way) (Tenth Avenue North)
5.  Deep (Chaylyn)
6.  God Only Knows (For King & Country)
7.  Burn the Ships (For King & Country)
8.  Hold Her (For King & Country)
9.  Live On Forever (The Afters)
10.  When You're With Me (The Afters)
11.  Well Done (The Afters) (I can't stand to listen to this one, but I'm keeping it in mind as a plot device.)  
12.  Broken Together (Casting Crowns)
13.  Waiting on the Night to Fall (Casting Crowns)
14.  Your Favorite Color is Green (City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
15.  Rue's Farewell (City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra) (I couldn't find this one on YouTube)
16.  There are Worse Games to Play (City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
17.  Primrose (City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
18.  Reckless Love (Cory Asbury)
19.  The Proof of Your Love (For King & Country)
20.  Light It Up (For King & Country)
21.  Crave (For King & Country)
22.  To Build a Home (Cinematic Orchestra)
23.  Braver Still (JJ Heller)
24.  Never Been a Moment (Micah Tyler)
25.  Different (Micah Tyler)
26.  Even Then (Micah Tyler)
27.  If She Only Knew (Micah Tyler)
28.  Tired (Chaylyn)
29.  Gone Away (Five Finger Death Punch)
30.  Spirits (The Strumbellas) (This is seriously Martin's theme song)
31.  Seasons Change (Five Finger Death Punch) (Okay, maybe this is Martin's theme...)
32.  Welcome Home (Radical Face) 


See any songs you know?  Let me know what you think of the playlist and what you expect to see of Guide Me Home based on this!

Character Questionnaire by H.S. Kylian!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Hey everyone!  I was tagged by H.S. Kylian of The Writerly Worm to answer this character questionnaire tag that she's started!  Make sure to check her post HERE if you'd like to join!  I'm going to use the characters from my Faith, Hope, and Love collection to answer, since I'm working on that one!  (Thanks so much for the tag!)


Q1: What's their favorite food?

Lucy's is the gooey chocolate cake at the local diner, and Spencer's is, well, basically anything that Lucy can cook up.  He's not a picky eater, but he also won't turn down a good burger, either.  Morgan's favorite food is ice cream and Martin is a bit of a pasta/Italian-foodie.

Q2: What was their best subject in school?
Lucy: definitely English and the arts!
Spencer: English.
Morgan: History.
Martin: Hated every single subject in school except workshop.

Q3: Favorite place to be?
Lucy: In her wonderful painting studio.
Spencer: At home, but only when Lucy's there too.
Morgan: The mall in town, most definitely, or perhaps the local coffee shop.
Martin: Has never lived anywhere long enough to find a favorite place.

Q4: A favorite childhood memory?
Lucy: When a teacher praised her for a painting she completed.
Spencer: The one foster family that sort-of made him forget about the nickname Bad Luck Clarkson.
Morgan: Too many to count!  Maybe it was the time when she went fishing with her cousin Levi, or shopping with her aunts, or when she got her first car, or....
Martin: When his parents got him a bike to replace the old banged-up one he'd been teased about relentlessly.

Q5: Favorite flavor or flavors?
Lucy: Strawberry or vanilla.  Maybe strawberry-vanilla!
Spencer: Blackberry or chocolate, and never the two shall meet.
Morgan: Cherry, orange, or lemon.
Martin: Well...if it has tomato sauce on it, he'll eat it.

Q6: If they could change anything about their appearance, would they?  If so, what would they change?
Lucy: The scars from her abusive foster mother, including the garish scar on her forearm.
Spencer: He probably wouldn't change a thing.
Morgan: To be a little less tall, more dainty; or perhaps to have curly hair like that one model in a magazine she saw once...
Martin: He'd want to be taller.

Q7: Do any of them enjoy musicals?
Morgan is a total nerd for musicals, but the rest...not so much.  Martin's ears might bleed, and Spencer would grit his teeth, but he'd go if it would bring joy to Lucy.

Q8: Favorite and least favorite ice cream?
Lucy: Chocolate/vanilla twist is her favorite; least favorite is peanut butter.
Spencer: Chocolate; least favorite is pistachio.
Morgan: Orange sherbet, neopolitan, or rocky road; least favorite is lime sherbet.
Martin: Ice cream's ice cream, he says.  Buuut...he's never been known to turn down a plain vanilla cone.

Q9: One thing they'll never let go of?  
Lucy didn't get to take anything from her childhood when she ran away.  However, she'll never let go of the necklace Spencer will be getting her for one of their upcoming anniversaries, a piano that will come into her ownership sometime soon (you'll have to read Guide Me Home to understand that one).  Spencer will probably never get rid of the original copy of a book cover that Lucy designed for his first publication.

Morgan will never get rid of the ring her Grandpa Barnes gave her for her 16th birthday.  Martin doesn't have anything that he cares about enough right now, after his house was snatched out from under him by a lowlife woman, but he'll never get rid of his first set of house keys once he finally has a home.

Tagging: Angela R. Watts of The Peculiar Messenger, Kellyn Roth of Reveries, and anyone else who would like to participate!

UPCOMING NEWSLETTER: April NaNo Tips & Resources!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019



Are you planning on participating in NaNo April?  If you are, or know someone who will be, you might want to sign up for my newsletter HERE.  On Monday, I'll be sending out a bunch of tips for optimizing your NaNo experience - both for yourself and for your book.  In the meantime, however, here are a few links that you might want to check out. 

(Please note that I am not affiliated with any of the blogs, websites, or writers involved in these websites.) 

The Creative Penn: Want To Win NaNoWriMo This Year?  7 Tips On Writing And Productivity

How to Survive NaNoWriMo in 2018  (Yeah, it's from 2018, but it's still relevant!)

NaNoWriMo Advice from Writer's Digest

Do you know of any great resources for NaNo writers?  Link to it in the comments section! 

The 20 Questions Book Tag!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019



Thanks so much to H.S. Kylian of The Writerly Worm for tagging me!

Q1: How many books is too many in a series?
I think that it really depends on the series itself and the pace of the plot.  I've read series of 24 books and I've read trilogies, so personally, it just depends on how well the books themselves are written!
Q2: How do you feel about cliffhangers?  
I love them and I hate them...I love crafting them, and I love the theorizing that cliffhangers plunge audiences into, but at the same time, I hate waiting to get answers for the cliffhangers...
Q3: Hardback or paperback?
I like both equally!  I usually indiscriminately buy whatever's cheapest (and yes, I've actually found some hardbacks that are cheaper than their paperback counterparts.  That's how I ended up with the entire Hunger Games trilogy in hardback!)
Q4: Favorite book?
*Wails* Why would this even be a question?!?  I'm going with favorite series.  And that answer's still going to be in the multiples.

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Credit: Giphy / The Big Bang Theory


  • Anne series by L.M. Montgomery
  • Sunbonnet series by Barbara Van Tuyl
  • Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Old childhood favorite: The Phantom Stallion by Terri Farley
  • Blue Justice series by Lynette Eason 
Q5: Least favorite book?
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte or Walden II by B.F. Skinner.  The latter was for my senior year of high school; the former for sometime in elementary and I vividly recall hating both, especially Jane Eyre.  Perhaps I'd enjoy it now that I'm older, but I can't bring myself to touch them!
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Credit: How To Train Your Dragon (2010)//Gifer 

Q6: Love triangles, yes or no?  
Again, it depends on the book!  It all depends on whether the characters are well-written and have good dynamics -- for example, if you could see the main protagonist going with either love interest.  I really enjoyed the love triangle in The Hunger Games, for example.  Actually, I'll be analyzing that for a paper in my senior seminar class this week!
Q7: The most recent book you couldn't finish?
The Secrets of Paper and Ink by Lindsay Harrel.  I got it as a galley from NetGalley and got several chapters in, but I found that I wasn't attached to the characters.  It seemed like it had a lot of potential and I was really sucked into the plot, but the characters seemed to be detached or guarded from the reader, which is something I can't stand when I'm reading.  I cancelled my review with NetGalley for it because I couldn't finish and, likewise, couldn't justify rating it because I hadn't read the whole thing.
Q8: A book you're currently reading?
The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer (for my senior seminar essay) and The Theft of America's Soul by Phil Robertson.  Both are fantastic!
Q9: Last book you recommended to someone?
Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid by Jimmy Wayne.  (And I'll go ahead and recommend it to all of you right now too.  It was intense and fantastic and...wow.)
Q10: Oldest book you've read (by publication date)?
The Bible (publication...who knows?)
Q11: Newest book you've read (by publication date)?Live Without You by Sarah Grace Grzy (2019)
Q12: Favorite author?
Another question that cannot possibly be answered with singularity, eh?  Well, in no particular order...

  • J.R.R. Tolkien
  • C.S. Lewis
  • L.M. Montgomery
  • Angela R. Watts
  • Kellyn Roth 
  • Lynette Eason
  • Suzanne Collins
  • George Lucas 
  • Janice Thompson
  • Can I count all of the lovely writers I know who are fantastic, but haven't published their books yet??  

Q13: Buying books or borrowing them?
BUYING THEM.  I live in constant fear of something happening to borrowed books.  I take care of my books like they're my babies, but some individuals who are around them don't like to do so.  My cats decided to shred the front pages of a textbook I have for school, for example.
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Credit: Tangled (2010) / Gfycat

Q14: A book you dislike, but everyone else seems to love?
Fawkes by Nadine Brandes.  As with Harrel's book, it had an intriguing plot, I just couldn't get attached to the characters.
Q15: Bookmarks or dog-ears?
Bookmarks.  What kind of beastly being dog-ears their books?  (I kid; no offense to those who identify in the dog-ear society.)
Q16: A book you always reread?
Again, this is gonna be a list.  I have a set of books that I reread at least once per year, and they are...

  • Anne series by L.M. Montgomery
  • Lord of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Q17: Can you read while listening to music?
No.  I can read while listening to almost any sound that the world has, but music bothers me if I'm reading something that I want to read.  If it's something for school, then I need music to keep focused.  I'm a strange critter like that, I suppose, since that makes absolutely no sense now that I think about it....
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Credit: Thor: The Dark World (2013) / Gifer

Q18: One POV or multiple POVs?
Both!  As long as POV changes are clearly pointed out, I don't mind getting multiple POVs!
Q19: Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?
It depends on the book.  Some of them I devour and others seem like they drag, and the genre or content matter doesn't seem to matter.  Why I Believe by Chip Ingram is one that I read in one day, and meanwhile, The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron is one that I'm still drudging through...like...two months later...
Q20: Who do you tag? 
Angela R. Watts of The Peculiar Messenger and Kellyn Roth of Reveries -- and anyone who wants to do this!!

BIG Announcement: Services!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019



Drumroll, please?
I am pleased to announce that on the last week of May 2019, I will be launching my own business.  What you see above is my shiny new logo!  What will I be offering, you ask?


* Free and paid "how-to" videos for writing, including topics such as self-editing, character creation, the ins-and-outs of self-publishing, marketing, formatting, and a lot more.  Seriously, I have an entire page filled with ideas.  Some videos will be free, while others will be available for a small fee.  

* Affordable editing packages for line, developmental, copy, and content.  I'll also take on blog/websites, theatrical scripts, and articles for editing.  

* Information sessions in which I can help you develop your characters from a psychological level (i.e. if you're writing a character with a mental disability, illness, etc. or even a character that has been severely abused; even some forensic psychology involving the police and criminal procedures).  

* I may also offer graphic packages or "media packets" for individuals who need them for book launches, etc. 

* Book reviews (these will be free, though).

I am starting this business because I know how hard it can be to "go it on your own" in the self-publishing process, especially when you aren't very experienced - or even brand-new to the trade.  Since I love sharing my knowledge and passion with others, I originally began my college career with the plan of becoming a secondary-education teacher.  However, when I learned more about teaching, I decided that the traditional path of teaching was not necessarily the best fit for me.  I enjoy providing a more "one-on-one," individualized approach to learning, which is what I was accustomed to during my years in school.  Something that challenges the status quo and allows people to break out of the gross cookie-cutter mold we're held to in society and become more than 'average.' (What is average, anyway?  Haven't figured that out yet.)

Self-publishing has also exploded in popularity with the increasing pickiness of traditional publishing.  People who have a great book can now get that to the public within a few months instead of begging agents to take a chance on their book for years.  A lot of Christian self-publishers can get their book to the masses without having to deviate or strip their book down (or be refused) simply because their beliefs don't mesh with publishing companies that seek secular views - and these are the people that I want to help the most.  

That's why I decided to deviate off-course from my life plan and begin this business.

I want to help fellow writers succeed, whether they're teens or in their sixties.  I want to help you, reader, learn all that you can about the business so that you can translate the dreams in your head to something tangible.  The feeling of holding your book for the first time is awe-inspiring.  My services will be affordable whether it's your first publication or your hundredth.  I'm hoping to use my (future, as of May 4, 2019) Bachelor of Arts in English / Minor in Psychology to serve you and help you achieve your dreams.

This is my manifesto - I believe....

* That we learn from mistakes.  If your first draft is horrible and messy, it's the best place to start for learning and improvement.  

* Being unique is the beauty in being an artist - you needn't fit a mold to succeed. 

* A good, sweet, pure story is good for the head and the heart.

* Today is a blessing.  If you weren't here tomorrow, what would you regret not having done?

* That we shouldn't let our dreams die.  We've been given them for a reason.

* That if we have an idea, we should foster it.  Even if it touches just one person, it's worth it.

* Nothing feels quite as nice than a job well done. 


In the coming weeks, you'll be hearing quite a bit about the business.  I'm also thinking about a blog tour.  I don't have any specific details up on here yet due to busyness-  but I'll let you know when more info is available!  If you have a book that you think will be ready for editing after NaNo April, though, feel free to contact me (there's a little envelope button above my profile picture, which you can click to send an email) and I'll iron out the details for you!  

If you're interested in keeping abreast with updates from this blog as well as the new biz, make sure to follow my business account on Instagram (it's different than my personal one and is public for all to see -- Tangled Up In Writing).

Does this sound interesting to you?  Are there any services you'd like to see offered later on?  

BLOG TOUR + REVIEW: "Live Without You" by Sarah Grace Grzy!

Thursday, January 31, 2019


Hey everyone!  Today, I have a review of a fantastic romance by Sarah Grace Grzy.  I had the privilege of reviewing a copy of Live Without You and it's just so, so sweet.  

Synopsis:


Piper Redding is a loner, but lonely. Everyone she loves has abandoned her and opening her heart to others is just asking for more pain. She can’t help but blame herself for her brother’s tragic death six years ago, and in her guilt, she shuts herself off from the world. No one could love her—not even the God who promised to be there for her but wasn’t.

For paramedic Ezra Bryant, failure is not an option. He’s had enough of it, and only by God’s grace is he able to put it behind him. But when a traumatic event brings Piper’s greatest fear and Ezra’s failures to light, can they use that event to allow God to mend their broken pieces? Can love triumph over fear, and grace over guilt?

About the Author:


Sarah Grace Grzy is a voracious reader, and if it weren’t for this crazy thing called 'Life,' she’d be tempted to spend all her days in front of a wood stove, book in one hand, coffee mug in the other.


A lover of learning, she finds enjoyment in many things and has more hobbies than she knows what to do with. Sarah Grace is a freelance web and graphic designer, and when not working, spending time with her ever-growing family, or reading, she can be found painting, playing the piano, or fangirling with her sisters and friends. She inhabits the State of Great Lakes, and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else—unless it meant she could have a baby penguin, in which case, she’d gladly move to the South Pole.

Make sure to follow her through these links:
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(I promise that there are links, even if they show up as black...just click 'em and see! Having some technical difficulties today...)

My Review


This book is a very sweet novella. The main characters are extremely realistic and relatable, which makes it easy to like them and become absorbed in the story.  Piper and Ezra have sad backgrounds, linked by disaster, and have to learn how to overcome that in order to move on in their lives...together.  I love the aesthetic collages that Ms. Grzy made for them.  I think it really captures the characters and their backgrounds.  If you want to get a feel for the characters, they're just below: 

Live Without You starts out like a suspense, and is a very easy read.  I was immediately drawn into the story, and once I was done with it, I wished that I had read it a little more slowly, because I didn't want it to be over!  I read it in a few hours, but like I said - it's hard to put down!  The first and last few chapters had my jaw hanging, and that isn't a common occurrence when I'm reading!  I can't even begin to tell you how suspenseful those were, you'll just have to see for yourself! It was very nice to see a book mix suspense and sweet, clean romance together; very refreshing!  


It also has a lot of Christian elements, which was very uplifting.  I think these characters can teach a reader many, many things.  I felt like I needed to be writing down some of the lines within the book so I could remind myself of such themes!  
Overall, this is a fantastic read, and if you're a fan of Christian romance, you'll want to pick up a copy!  I just ordered a signed copy from the author, which you can do HERE.  It's a pretty good deal and a pretty amazing book.  Now if you'll excuse me, I'll be staring out the window waiting for the mailman.

You can also buy copies from Amazon (Kindle and paperback) HERE.  Make sure to add it on Goodreads HERE!

However, if you want to take your chances on a giveaway first, she's also offering some pretty fantastic prizes!  






Giveaway Information:

Grand Prize ~ $20 Amazon gift card, Signed Paperback of Live Without You, Specialty designed mug.
Second Prize ~ $5 Amazon gift card, ebook copy of Live Without You

3 Third Prize Winners ~ Ebook copy of Live Without You


Grand prize open to US entrants only, 2nd and 3rd prizes available internationally. Giveaway runs from 12AM 1.21.19 - 12AM 1.23.19. Victoria Lynn Designs retains the right to disregard any entries that they deem bogus or spam. Good luck to the entrants!

Make sure to enter below!





For more information on the blog tour as well as Live Without You, make sure to check out this blog post from Victoria Lynn HERE. 

Have you ordered a copy of Live Without You yet (or do you plan to)?  Anyone excited for this release?  

Also, feel free to check out some of the older blog tour posts, and make sure to keep an eye out for new ones!  This party's lasting through February 22nd!  



Schedule:


Jan. 22
Abby // Spotlight @the_book_worms_bookshelf


Jan. 23
Libby May // Review and @libbymay117


Jan. 24


Jan. 25


Jan. 26


Jan. 28


Jan. 29


Jan. 30


Jan. 31
Michaela Bush // Review  @mj_writer98 on Instagram


Feb. 1


Feb. 2



Feb. 4


Feb. 5


Feb. 6


Feb. 7


Feb. 8


Feb. 9
Ashley // Review Spotlight?


Feb. 10


Feb. 11


Feb. 12
Rose K. // Review  https://www.instagram.com/adventurous.bookworm/


Feb 13


Feb. 14 ~ Valentine’s Day
Tammy Lash // Spotlight  http://instagram.com/tamlash5  


Feb. 15


Feb. 16


Feb. 18


Feb. 19


Feb. 20


Feb. 21


Feb. 22 ~ Sarah Grace’s Birthday